Procrastination Vs Progression

Last month my husband and I went to Hawaii for a much needed vacation. Before arriving at our final destination we disembarked from one flight and were taken by shuttle to the other side of the airport. There we were to catch our final flight to another island and our awaiting vacation destination.

While on the shuttle our driver greeted us with a Hawaiian phrase, promptly followed by its interpretation. He said that the phrase meant, "Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow." Everyone on the shuttle laughed but it really made me think about human nature. We are often caught in the habit of procrastination! Many put tasks and responsibilities off till tomorrow or even a later date! Great achievers in the business world rarely do so!

A study of the greatest entrepreneurs in history will reveal a passion for productivity, achievement, progress, and optimum work ethics! Henry Ford once said, "It's been my observation that most successful people get ahead, during the time that other people waste."

Four ways to avoid procrastination

There are four things we can do to avoid the debilitating habit of procrastination! Being free of procrastination will release us to progress further, and faster in business! Here are the four things:

1. Remain Passionate
2. Live your dreams
3. Keep learning
4. Just do something

Remain Passionate!

Donald J. Trump asserts, in his book "Trump University Wealth Building 101" the importance of passion in business. He states, "Passion sounds out of place in business, but it's at the top of my list. I know for a fact-and from my own experience-that it's absolutely critical to achieving any kind of long-lasting success."

Passion is a powerful driving force! It wakes us early, keeps us up late, drives us to pursue our cause, and destroys any lasting residue of procrastination in our lives. When we are passionate about our objective, we have greater initiative, clearer perspective, stronger resolve and more clearly defined boundaries to remain diligent and consistent!

Passion overcomes drowsiness, boredom, fatigue, frustration, insecurity and a number of other root causes of procrastination! When we remain topped up with the fuel of passion our motor is supercharged with power and motivation!

So how do we ensure that we remain passionate?

Live your dreams!

One powerful source of passion is the pursuit of our primary purpose! Best Selling author, Dr. Myles Munroe, in his book "In Pursuit of Purpose" suggests that the pursuit of your purpose and dreams is a powerful motivator, sharing, "No amount of accomplishments can replace the power and the motivation of finding your own special niche and working toward your dreams. "

Dreams are the life breath of the human soul. Where there are no dreams there is very little inspiration, insight, hope, passion, initiative or influence! Every person on this planet has a purpose! Each dream is a door to discovering our true purpose and greatness! When we discover our specific niche and operate in it, we achieve more with less effort! Life, work, business and increase, therefore, come more readily!

Living our dreams can be likened to a baseball "slugger" hitting a ball on the "sweet spot" on a bat! The ball will go out of the park every time! When we live our dreams, everything goes to a greater level! Nothing is more motivating than knowing that everything we put our hands to will turn to gold!

How do we live our dreams?

Keep learning!

Well known investor, entrepreneur, and educator, Robert T. Kiyosaki has often been known to say, "The future will be very bright for those who prepare today …"

Many businesses have succumbed to the burdens caused by a downturn in the economy! External influences, such as economic downturns, don't have to stifle growth. The solution resides within the hearts of business owners! Education is the key to unlocking the resource of creativity and potential in us, leading to opportunities for gaining wealth!

In Donald J. Trump's preface to his book "Trump University Wealth Building 101" Mr. Trump shares, "Early in my career, it became clear to me that education gives you a big edge in business … People who are more educated … have the advantage."

I have watched many wage earners in dead-end jobs become ambitious and productive business owners after discovering one simple key through education! At the core of every human is a reservoir of dreams, purpose and true potential. Knowledge and understanding help to dig paths of discovery to the wealth of potential which lay buried in our hearts! As we discover "nuggets" of potential and apply them with understanding to a business venture, we excel in our gifts and become more valuable to others.

As each gifted musician, acclaimed artist, or skilled surgeon has seen, potential remains dormant until it is discovered and cultivated through a carefully planned learning process! You are an answer to something needed in society! Your business is a platform for serving your potential solutions to the world! Education is the means by which we cultivate and activate our potential.

Scott Anderson, in his book "Think Like A Billionaire" (Winword publishing house, p.69) asks pointed questions related to preparation for opportunities. He questions readers, "What are you preparing for in your life? Are you prepared? How much time did you spend last week getting ready for the next opportunity that will come along in your life? The average person does not read a motivational or teaching book in a year. How many books have you read this year? When was the last time you bought a book, read it, took notes and studied it? Our society expects to be spoon fed from television and media instead of stepping into a bookstore or library to learn and gain the understanding needed for the next opportunity. "

Each dream we unearth and cultivate for application within our businesses will produce a seed for future success! Each seed will produce an answer for a specific need in our society! When we discover our potential and prepare to release the solution, our businesses will grow and flourish!

The excitement of running a flourishing business helps to destroy much of our procrastination!

It is clear that education is essential for success in life and business, but what is the next step?

Just do something!

There are two questions you should ask yourself to reveal your attitude towards productivity:

1. Where am I regularly procrastinating?
2. What did I put off till tomorrow?

If you make a decision "today" to start doing the things that should be done "today," I guarantee you will have incredible results in your business and in your finances.

Why not try out a new motto this month, "Why do tomorrow what you can do today!" I believe that this motto will launch you into greater progress and increase in the next thirty days.

Source by Dr Carmen Lynne

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Why Are These So Few Civil Discussions, About Politics, Today ?: 5 Reasons

Wouldn't it be nice, if instead of the constant arguments, polarizing rhetoric, and false facts (used), we witnessed more conversations, which were civil, civilized, and we remained friendly, when we disagreed, and simply, agreed, to disagree? It seems, for the last couple of decades, the divide, within our nation, and its citizens, has widened, and there seems to be little, to no attempt, to find any middle – ground, and / or, meeting – of – the – minds, for the common good! A nation divided among itself , is not merely less effective, but enhances the possibility, for it getting worse! In fact, many believe, the degree of division (and depth of it), is the widest, since the American Civil War! While some seek simplistic reasons for this, placing the blame, on, President Trump, the White Supremacists, immigrants, or some other diversion, this article will seek to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 5 possible reasons, and the inherent danger, the polarizing of the electorate, may be, to the future of our nation.

1. 5% of middle: For the majority of the relatively short history, of the United States, we have elected Presidents, whose political position, was within a somewhat limited middle – range, generally from 5% to the left, or right. This seemed to change, in 1980, when President Reagan, was elected, with a perspective, considerably further to the right. However, he did so, in a positive, unifying (or attempted) manner, and avoided the rhetoric, and vitriol, we witness today! The next few elected Presidents, moved back, towards the middle, until 2008, when Barack Obama, moved a little further to the left (but, again, without the polarizing rhetoric), however, this seemed to change, significantly, in 2016, when Donald Trump, resorted to conspiracy theories, rhetoric, vitriol, empty promises, and an appeal, to the more extreme positions of his core supporters. Since his election, he has articulated a polarizing position, and, while his base strongly supports in him, and appears willing to support him (regardless of what happens), much of the rest of the electorate, appears to feel despair, and fear, about the apparent attack on many of America's principles. etc.

2. 24/7 Cable News Cycle, and Internet: Today, we are inundated, by constant over – exposure, from cable news, and the Internet, where previously, we gathered our news and information, from fewer, but probably, more reliable media vehicles. In addition, we seem to constantly hear, many lies and misstatements, much more often, and severe, than we have, in the past! President Trump, according to one of the major fact – checking organizations, in fact, has, either, lied or made a major misstatement, over 10,000 times, since he was elected.

3. Trolls / fake news: When one of the President's spokespeople, proclaims, there are 2 versions of facts, and, what appears to be a lie, is merely, an alternative fact, most voters, lose attention and focus, and don ' t know, what to believe! While, each of us, is entitled to our own opinions, we aren't granted the right to our own sets of facts!

4. The Trump Factor: Whether one agrees with, or opposes, Mr. Trump, there must be universal agreement, he is behaving, and acting, far differently, that his predecessors! When the present occupant of the White House, has been, under investigation since his election, and uses polarizing language, rhetoric, and vitriol, nearly every day, how does that bring us, together?

5. Hatred / bigotry / fears: Our Constitution was created, with a focus on certain principles, and ideas, including freedoms, liberty, and justice, for all, but, today, we're witnessing far too much hatred, bigotry, and appeal to the fears of our citizens, instead of bringing us together, for the common good!

Wake up, America, and protect the nature and freedoms of this nation, which have made us, a gleaming example, for the rest of the world! Make this about the type of nation, we are, and want to be!

Source by Richard Brody

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Product Development for Home Based Businesses

Developing products can be a challenge in the home based business environment. Where do you go for a laboratory to create and test new product lines? Where do you turn for new packaging and marketing? Where do you turn for help?

You’re there. YOU are the crack team, as Donald Trump says. So forget about looking around. You’re it. Here’s what to do for your own product development.

First find a need. You want sales, so find something people want. How? Communication is the key. Ask your friends, your contacts, your business associates, your clients. See what they could use to make their lives easier. Poll them, survey them, email them, call them. Post questions on forums and chat rooms. Be like television’s Lieutenant Colombo (or the original Pink Panther) and enjoy the search, but don’t give up until you get your answers.

Second, get organized NOW, if you aren’t already. Take good notes as you go along. Keep organized, well-labeled computer and print folders and files in handy places. Use an organizer with a calendar if you need to. Third, create a product based around the need you discovered above. No need to be Einstein or invent the wheel. Search and find others in the industry to help and see how others did their product creation before you. Then copy their methods -not ‘exactly’, but rather ‘similarly follow in their footsteps.’ I.E. read trade journals, search the Internet, review archived magazine articles, ask your local librarian to help you – and research “how to” get your idea off the ground based upon how others have done it in the past. Then team up, share ideas, share resources, share marketing funds and share revenue, etc. with those experienced. Reach out and don’t be afraid to find help and share. No need to go it alone or be greedy.

Third, along the way, get legal or other authoritative help as needed. Start with the Small Business Administration and find out if you need special permits, licensing, fees, contracts, legal structure, etc. Comparison shop, if possible, and get set up properly.

Fourth, there are plenty of ideas to go around. After one success, you can move on and duplicate it again and again. Do it. And give back to the community. Help others get their businesses established and growing.

In summary, product creation can be challenging. But the results can be so rewarding. So take the plunge and forge ahead!

Source by Hans Hasselfors

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Silver And Gold Are On The Rise This Year

For silver and gold to rise by and large, in regard to various instruments of noteworthy worth, regard ought to be diverted a long way from those other fighting instruments. The share market, particularly, has been the best obstacle to a climb in profitable metals, due to it sucking up a huge bit of the available motivating force on overall markets.

Silver and gold confronts two noteworthy headwinds: higher loan costs and looser financial approach. These two elements will keep on driving the US dollar and security yields higher.

A month and a half of persistent purchasing, which as of late pushed gold costs to five-month highs, at long last incited flexible investments to take benefits in the yellow metal, as indicated by the most recent exchange information from the Commodity Futures Trading Condition . Speculators see an incentive in holding a center situating in gold as instability keeps on rising.

Gold is ready to rally to levels last observed four years back, the valuable metal might be in the early phases of a positively trending market, costs may move to $ 1,400 to $ 1,500 an ounce this year. Gold has climbed for the current year as financial specialists measure measure hazards that President Donald Trump won't have the capacity to actualize his plan, adding to vulnerability encompassing European decisions and the Brexit procedure.

Bullion is customarily viewed as a compelling support against rising inflation, picking up in an incentive to help holders save their wealth. While higher US rates normally float the dollar and can hurt bullion, the product has progressed amid past climbing cycles. Trump's current talking down of the greenback's quality ought to likewise be good for gold.

We're seeing an increase with inflation the whole way across the globe. We're seeing it in the US, essentially everywhere there is swelling marker indications showing new highs. We're seeing it in Europe and Asia also.Invest in inflation-sensitive assets again such as silver equities, gold equities.

Vulnerability in Europe expanded interest for gold venture items in the primary quarter of the year, as per the World Gold Council's Gold Demand Trends Q1, 2017 report.

Over the globe a blend of celebrations recharged refuge purchasing that saw interest for gold bars and coins move by 9%.

On the whole, worldwide gold request over various measures focuses towards a world that is indeterminate and to continuous place of refuge request. At times, for example, in the US, EU and China, request stays vigorous though in any semblance of Turkey request is down from record levels.

Quite a bit of this is because of geo-political vulnerability and political change. Political vulnerability in Europe has expanded interest for gold bullion. UK, Netherlands, France and Germany have floated interest in place of refuge gold. German gold bar and coin request had its most grounded first quarter since 2011 – 13% yoy to 34.3t, however this must not detract from the UK which hit its largest amount since Q2 2013.

While quiet is frequently observed settling over a market after a surge, for example, that seen in 2017, we think about whether we will keep on seeing a back off in ETF inflows since these have not been seen since the financial crisis.

Not long ago we expounded on the dubious London property advertise and inquired as to whether this was a pointer of a bubble, setting off a domino influence far and wide. This would clearly prompt much more more wealth wealth refuge gold and silver streams and requests.

China's gold market Jewelry request may have encountered a little decay, yet gold bars and coins saw a 30% expansion (yoy), its fourth best quarter on record. We would for the most part expect the primary quarter of the year to be a solid one for China, given their New Year, be that as it may it was this joined with concerns in regards to the economy (falling yuan and property advertise) that drove request to 105.9t.

Some of this stellar request can be credited to the development showing up in the nearby gold market, to be specific enthusiasm paying gold records, benchmarked on the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE's) AU9999 contract with a base section purpose of one gram. It is exchanged on the web, with a possibility for physical conveyance – immeasurably imperative for Chinese financial specialists.

Source by Jay Tachyon

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You Need More Income

The presidential election is over and I can tell you now. President Elect Donald Trump is not going to save you. You are going to need more income. Senator Hillary Clinton couldn't save your finances, either. The truth is the middle class is dead. That dream of finding a good job, buying a house, having a car, and saving to retire to greener pastures is an illusion.

Don't believe me. Look at all the fast food jobs, security, and customer service jobs out there. There is not a job shortage. Jobs are everywhere if you are willing to work for minimum wage or a little higher. The unemployment rate has gone down every year since the last recession. Americans are scared because they are living paycheck to paycheck. They are in debt up to their eyeballs. One setback and they can be financially ruined.

Don't think the middle class is dead. Will the next POTUS bring back a resurgence of the middle class? Heck no, it has been in decline for over 30 years. Think about it. If you are making $ 100k in places like Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco or Chicago you are struggling. Especially, if you are carrying student loans, a mortgage, and huge credit card debts.

The Journey of The Broke

Go to work, get paid, and then barley make it to the next paycheck. Then use credit cards, pay-day loans, or home equity lines to bridge the gap until you get paid again. That is the journey of the broke. A vicious cycle that hits most American homes today. People are not getting ahead. You can blame the economy, greedy corporations, or bad trade deals. Ultimately why you are broke is because of YOU.

Until you create more income the cycle of debt and not enough money will repeat itself. Income is king to financial security. This is where people fail. They do not create more income. Sure cutting expenses and having a monthly cashflow plan can help your finances. But until you increase that income line … you will struggle.

Get Another Job

The fastest way to generate more income is to get a second job. Yes, there are a tone of jobs out there depending on where you live. Pizza delivery, security guards, fast food workers, and other minimal wage opportunities. I did say create a new career I said get a second job.

Getting a second job is the easiest thing to do to change your financial future. No it's not permanent. It's immediate income and when you handle the money correctly you could be financially secure in a couple of years. It takes work and discipline. Now if you have family obligations that will not allow you to get a second job you must find other ways to generate income.

Sell ​​your Crap

Yes I called it crap. If you are paying monthly fees for storage, can't park your car in the garage (the garage is meant for your car not piling up stuff), or you still trip over things in your house after you clean. Then you need to sell that crap. Hold a yard sell. Get rid of it and create some cash. Put it on eBay or other sites. Clean the cutter and fatten your wallet.

Side Hustle

With Uber and Lyft you can get your side hustle on. Keep your fulltime job and do these independent contractor jobs on the side. Choose your own hours. Work as much as you can. Don't like to drive? Find something that is flexible and increase your bottom line.

Business Owner

This is the hardest way to generate more income. But it will create wealth if you are successful. If you are not struck by the entrepreneur spirit then find another job. Can you turn your hobby into an empire? Maybe? Understand that to create more income in a business you need sales. Sales are the life-blood for all businesses. No sales no success.

Create More Income

I have given you several ways to earn more money. Put together a short-term and long-term plan. The middle class is dead. Your financial future is in your hands. More income streams will help you survive the middle class crunch.

Source by Charles Fitzgerald Butler

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Is GameStop Going Out of Business?

Without hesitation I can say I go to GameStop for all my gaming needs. I love the store. I like walking in and browsing for hidden gems. I like pre-ordering games, buying used games, and every once in a while having small talk with the friendly, albeit, somewhat nerdy, staff.

Other than their awesome return policy on used games, and on occasion the reasonable pricing, I don’t really think of GameStop as a generous, price conscious company. I know up front they are in it for the money, and to be fair, for the money, they mostly deliver.

I know that they buy my old games for coke caps and sell them for gold bullion. With all this said, I still love GameStop. if you’re a gamer, how can you not?

Here’s what is worrying me. I think of GameStop as an evil necessary friend, or a necessary evil; whatever, you know what I mean. They’re kind of like your drug dealer, if you’re addicted to crack. He doesn’t really care about you, but he’s got what you NEED and is always there when you need him.

With that said, I’m afraid I might lose my dealer and here’s why.


GameStop is in a mad dash to get rid of their inventory. I bought 47 games for $108. That’s with shipping and two-day delivery.


The rumor mill, the Hopi Indians, the web-bot, and even “chatter” being picked up by the NSA, are pointing to an all digital gaming market. All downloads… No more buying CD’s or cartridges.


GameStop is not a publisher or a developer. It’s a retail business, like Best Buy, and in case you haven’t heard, they’re closing a boat load of stores.


GameStop bought Kongregate, no doubt to diversify their revenue stream.

I’m speculating of course, but the future does not look good for GameStop. Or does it?

After all, GameStop has built a gaming empire, mecca, military industrial complex, universal healthcare, smelly kids utopia, gaming retail business Donald Trump would be proud of.

Surely they’ve got something up their sleeves. Please tell me you have a plan.

I know one thing for sure:

GameStop execs are working their butts off to survive the coming gaming apocalypse. You know, the one the Mayans predicted. You can be sure the corporate offices of GameStop are tense and cutthroat. And in this environment they will either succeed and survive, or alter their business model and be relegated to “publishing” browser games.

We will know Friday December 21, 2012.

Source by Ludos Nishi

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When Will They TIRE Of His Lies?

Don’t make yourself, feel better, by blaming the present occupant of the White House, for the polarizing tone, greater degree of prejudice and hatred, and the way, it seems, one segment of America, is pitted against another! In fact, the real question, to consider, and truly, be concerned about, is why, so many Americans, seem to blindly, follow President Donald Trump, and continue to do so, despite his behavior, rhetoric, and continuing lies! When will they TIRE of this type of behavior, and the continuous, lies (according to one, well – respected, political fact – checker, he has told, over 12,000 lies, and/ or, misstatements, since, he was elected? What are the potential dangers of these oversights, and, why, does it seem, not to matter, to so many of them? With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means and represents, and why it matters.

1. Tense; treatment; time – tested; timely; trust/ truth: Don’t Americans need, and deserve, the truth from those, they elect, with the hope, to be effectively, served and represented? If you can’t trust these individuals, doesn’t that harm, the nature of our democracy? How healthy is it, when millions, wake – up, daily, tense, and nervous, about what, might occur, that day? Don’t we deserve better treatment? How are we represented, when time – tested, principles, ideas, and concepts, ignored? When issues, like, paying keen attention to Climate Change, and environmental concerns, and safety, are ignored, isn’t that unfair to future generations?

2. Integrity; innovate; imagine; insights; improvements: Don’t we deserve, and shouldn’t we demand, absolute, genuine integrity, from those we elect? Slogans, such as, Make America Great Again, looking backward, instead of forward, and wouldn’t we all, be better off, if they would innovate, in a relevant, sustainable manner, and imagine things, being, as they should, and may be? Take a keen look at the possibilities, and develop, the insights to be more responsible voters, and citizens! When improvements are indicated, wouldn’t it make sense, to seek the best path, instead of procrastinating, and denying?

3. Relevant; responsive; reality; rational; realistic: Who benefits, when a leader, replaces, realistic ideas and solutions, with empty rhetoric, and promises? Rather than being responsive to the needs of the nation and the world, it doesn’t help anyone, when lies, and misstatements, replace rational ideas, and viable solutions!

4. Empathy; emphasis; energy/ energize; enrich: We have witnessed, a period, unlike any, in recent memory, where, it appears, to many, the President of the United States seems to lack genuine empathy, and is primarily motivated by his personal/ political agenda, and/ or, self – interest! We need leadership, which places its emphasis, and energy, on energizing others, and enriching society, in – general!

What does it say about our society, when so many, seem to, not yet, TIRE of the apparent lies, and actions, of this administration? Wake up, America, before it’s too late!

Source by Richard Brody

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Ascent of Modern Language: How Our Culture Shapes The Way We Speak

Book Review

Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years by Geoffrey Nunberg

Public Affairs

It is delightful that a respected linguist would take up the challenge of writing about an inelegant word that has become a staple of our spoken language.

Who else but Geoffrey Nunberg would have taken the term “asshole” and dissected it into a multitude of forms that both describe and enhance our understanding-indeed appreciation-of this concept?

In the literal sense, assholerefers to someone’s anatomy; however, used in the popular colloquial fashion, assholerefers to someone’s personality or behavior.

It is the latter meaning Dr. Nunberg spends time deftly dissecting, from its first literary appearance to the characteristics of those who represent the archetypes in our society.

Dr. Nunberg traces the use of coarse language from the Victorian era of the 1920s to the spread of the A-word by returning World War II servicemen (and novelist Norman Mailer in The Naked and the Dead).

In an effort to describe who is an asshole or behaves in the category of assholism, Dr. Nunberg aligned his definition with Barbara Walter’s. Among those who are often paired with the asshole label are: Rush Limbaugh, Mel Gibson, Hank Williams Jr., Bill O’Reilly, Tiger Woods, Tom Cruise, Karl Rove, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, and Mark Zuckerberg.

A personal deliberation over whether someone is an asshole, a prick, or jerk is more about a personality than semantics. To paraphrase the famous phrase by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart regarding pornography: I can’t define one, but I know one when I see one.

Just as there are those who are specifically identifiable as assholes, Dr. Nunberg also has a definition of the “anti-asshole.”

The anti-asshole is a new cultural hero best depicted by Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry. Other anti-assholes include Bruce Willis and Steven Seagal.

These anti-heroes are tough, blunt, and disaffected, according to Professor Nunberg. They are courteous to ordinary folk, but abusive and contemptuous to criminals and those in the police hierarchy who keep them from doing their job.

Ascent of the A-Wordwould be incomplete if Professor Nunberg left out assholism in political discourse. His best example? Donald Trump. “Trump’s reputation as an asshole was firmly established before his dalliance with politics began.”

In his book, Dr. Nunberg trounces the political broadcasters as those who truly qualify as personal and professional assholes. He gives an example of this behavior by Ann Coulter when she gave a talk at the University of Ottawa in 2010. A Muslim student asked her how Muslims are expected to travel if they shouldn’t be allowed on airplanes as Coulter had suggested. She answered, “Take a camel.”

“To judge from the energy they give preening, sneering and bullying their guests and callers, a lot of successful ones in talk radio, as in baseball, are the nice guys who finish at the bottom of the division.”

“The problem with political assholism,” contends the author, “is that it has worked its way into everyday conversation, particularly as response to the politicization of manners associated with political correctness.”

In the end, assholism is not helpful in engendering or maintaining a useful and constructive dialogue. By its very definition, it is “designed to deny that very possibility” by dividing one group from another.

How do we avoid assholism? As Dr. Nunberg suggests, “When someone acts like an asshole “about an important matter,” it is important not to answer in kind, but “with the seriousness the question requires.”

Dr. Nunberg is a distinguished professor of linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley.

Source by Geri Spieler

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Best Books On Real Estate

Some of the best books on real estate are some of the most common ones but for unrelated various reasons. Most books on real estate only give anecdotal information and, with the laws varying from state to state, can be difficult to apply to your career.

What I decided to do was to grab a few of these books, both hard cover and also on audio book. I picked up one from Gary Keller (of Keller Williams) Donald Trump & Dean Graziosi. I enjoyed them all but for different reasons.

First off, Gary Keller offers the most practical approach to any real estate agent getting started. He's one of the most popular real estate agents on the planet and has, in my opinion, one of the most successful brokerages in the US. All the information he provided in his book was applicable to me when I was getting started. His book is really for someone that maybe is a part of a small mom and pop office where there isn't much training. After one get's their RE license then few offices offer ongoing training. For the most part, you will have to go to your local board or MLS to obtain any relevant on going training. However, Gary's books are good and, like I said, give you valuable insight for getting started. I recommend his "The Millionare Real Estate Agent: It's not about the money … it's about being the best you can be!"

My next two favorites are Donald Trump and Dean Graziosi. Now, these are two polarzing individuals. Either you love them or you hate them. I happen to like them both.

For The Donald, I recommend "Trump Strategies For Real Estate". Now, if you are in a small market you won't find any real applicable strategies as most of the insight is from DT's experiences in NYC. The one thing that does irritate me about his books is that, from what I can tell, he does not put pen to paper and write the book. He co-writes with another author that he trusts. Now, nothing wrong with that but I want to hear the author talking to me. There was some valuable information in the book that I read and the insight gained from made me think in ways I had never thought of before. The way he structured and negotiated some of those deals is mind boggling. A very interesting read for sure.

Now, Dean is an interesting cat. If you look him up on line that guy is selling everything from cars to real estate. I like that he has a history selling informational products. One interesting thing I learned from him was that he shared with me how to buy tax liens. A very interesting concept and one that is easy to implement. Well worth reading.

All in all, none of these books gave a step by step process to getting started as a real estate agent and, honestly, I don't believe any book on the market will give you those tips and tricks encompassed in one book. However, I have found that they are practical in the advice offered. If I had to pick the best of the three I would recommend Gary's books as a first read. You really can't go wrong. Especially for the agent that is looking to brush up on some fresh concepts or the new agent looking to get started. The Donald and Dean are good for the real estate investor looking for additional strategies. I enjoyed those for different reasons that I applied to my real estate investing career.

Source by Denis Duncan

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What Have We Done To Our Industrial Base In The USA – Why Did We Do It?

During the 2016 election there was lots of talk about jobs, mostly lost jobs to crumbled industries. Sectors of our economy which were once strong and vibrant, but we traded them away to other nations is bad trade deals. Donald Trump is correct most of the major trade deals we’ve made haven’t been good for our economy in the long-term, sure they may have won us brownie points on the international stage and helped us out ‘client nation’ other former super powers and slowed down an emerging super power – but to what avail if we don’t have decent jobs for our own citizens?

You should see the destruction we’ve done in the mining sector for no real reason, today we have incredible mining technologies to prevent environmental damage, but good luck trying to get that going again. How can we compete with manufacturing when the entire supply chain from resources to the finished automobiles has been trashed? We are so much better than this.

We’ve allowed our industrial capabilities to be crushed, and we have politicians pandering to the vocal minority and incited media rather than by reason and reality. It should not cost $50 million dollars in EIR work and lawyers to get a refinery approved or a new strategy to add clean-coal technology to an existing coal-fired energy generation plant that has existed burning coal for power for 50-years. I thought we wanted clean and cheap energy?

No, apparently we want to hijack the fossil fuel industry to divert the wealth of the industry to new unproven alternative energy folks who are friends or relatives of Pelosi, Reid, or donated big bucks to the Obama Administration’s elections. And it isn’t just the Democrats joining the crony-capitalist feeding frenzy, because when the money flows in politics, people line up and throw their politics out, they just want to get rich, problem is we the taxpayers get screwed, and now we pay again in higher energy costs for the subsidies, and inefficiencies.

Our companies are less competitive with higher costs in energy for manufacturing, industry, mining, and thus it is even harder to compete on top of the four items I previously mentioned. Of course, I digress again. The point is bad policies, cronyism and attacks on our corporations from unions, class-action lawyers, over regulation, and foreign influences have us running at 1500 RPM when we redline at 5,000 RPM. Think on this, because it is fixable.

Source by Lance Winslow

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